Businesses in Summerland were represented at the Business After Business event last Tuesday evening. The event was held at the Summerland Credit Union and marked Small Business Week in Summerland.

Businesses in Summerland were represented at the Business After Business event last Tuesday evening. The event was held at the Summerland Credit Union and marked Small Business Week in Summerland.

More input sought from businesses

Members of municipal council and the Summerland Chamber of Commerce would like to hear from more local businesses.

After conducting a Business Walk event on Thursday morning, members of municipal council and the Summerland Chamber of Commerce would like to hear from more local businesses.

The Business Walk event, held as part of Small Business Month in October, saw teams of council members and chamber members meeting with businesses to ask how is business, what they like about doing business in the area and how business could be improved.

Christine Petkau, manager of the Summerland Chamber of Commerce, said the response from business owners and managers was positive.

“Business owners were very welcoming and very willing to share their thoughts on the business climate in Summerland,” she said. “It was an overwhelmingly positive response.”

Because some business owners could not be reached on Thursday, a questionnaire has been posted online with the same questions.

The results will then be examined and a report will be presented to council for the Nov. 9 meeting.

“One of the best parts of the experience was working together with members of council,” Petkau said.

She said the report is intended to help shape future discussions about business in Summerland.

“It will be a catalyst to working together for solutions,” she said.